Elon Musk broke the Internet a few days ago with a tweet promising that in August Tesla “will begin to enable full self-driving features.”
I am pretty excited about this but it is also worth noting that this verbiage is vague enough to drive a Tesla semi through.
“Full self-driving features” presumably means something beyond current Tesla Autopilot, but short of “full self-driving”. What are the features that make up full self-driving?
Some ideas include end-to-end routing, even if drivers still have to pay attention to the road. Or even just automatic lane change decision and execution on a highway.
Potentially this could mean that Tesla is enabling drivers to stop paying attention to the road under certain scenarios, although that seems unlikely, given the recent spate of crashes.
It will be exciting to see what, if anything, comes of this. But Elon Musk himself warns us that these tweets are not well-thought out strategy, but rather off-the-cuff remarks: